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Collection: The Law, Crime and Punishment
"Shot to Death"
A November, 1909 Florence Times account of the fatal shooting of black Florence barber Arthur Turner by white resident SE Stafford after the apparently intoxicated Turner broke into Stafford's house at 3:30 am. Three hours later Turner died at his…
"News Items of Interest"
A July, 1911 *Florence Times* report of Nelius Chandler's arrest in Russellville, Franklin County, Alabama, by Lauderdale County Sheriff Cal Young on charges of grand larceny.
"Negro, Wife, Held on Murder Charge in Death Another"
A Sunday, April 8, 1951 *Florence Times* report on the alleged killing on Friday night, April 6, of 31 year-old Florence African-American resident Cecil Horn by fellow black residents Victor Coleman and his wife Edna Coleman. Mr. Coleman reportedly…
"Negro Baptists Pass Resolutions on the Race Question."
A Friday, October 26, 1906 report of the *Florence Herald* on recent resolutions authored by Florence pastor of St. Mark MB Church, Rev. Lawson J. Green, passed at the 37th annual convention of the Mussel [sic] Shoals Baptist Convention, meeting at…
"Negroes Jailed for Shoplifting in Local Stores"
A November 21, 1963 *Florence Herald* report on the recent arrest of three Louisville, KY blacks for shoplifting in Florence stores.
"Board Approval of Negro Jobs Now Awaited."
A Series of articles from the *Tri-Cities Daily* and *Florence Herald* reporting on the hiring of Harrison Eugene Humes and Oscar Southard, Jr. to the Florence Police force.
Alfred Johnson Fined $10 and Court Costs in Mayor's Court
A July 23, 1872 *Lauderdale Times* report of the July 22 sentencing of Alfred Johnson in the Mayor's Court of Florence to the tune of $10 and court costs for "'kicking his wife' last Saturday."
Note: In the 1870 Lauderdale County federal…
An August 13, 1872 report of the August 9 session of the Mayor's Court in Florence at which African-American resident Ellen Amonett was charged with "chastising" Amelia Cooper for "slander-talk" and was fined by Mayor Neander H. Rice for $10 or ten…
An August 13, 1872 *Lauderdale Times* report of the arrest of Geo. Howel [sic] for assaulting Reuben Walker with a pop-gun at the Memphis & Charleston Railroad depot over a perceived wrong. Howel was brought before Mayor Neander H. Rice who bound him…
A July 16, 1872 *Lauderdale Times* report of the July 12 session of the Mayor's Court in Florence in which black residents Ryas [sic] Turner and Jack Baugh were before His Honor "for scuffling in fun, only in fun," however their scuffling got out of…